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Slow Cooker Mojo Pork Bowl
with plantains / chopped spinach / fresh salsa

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Citrus juice and zest are used in this Mojo pork that as been featured in previous meal plans (most recently in 2017). The pork is shredded and served with chopped baby spinach and homemade salsa to keep things fresh in the warmer temps.
Smarts: The pork in this recipe could be made in the Instant Pot. For tips, join the Cook Smarts Instant Pot Facebook Group.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Slow Cooker Mojo Pork (for 2 nights):
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Garlic - 6 cloves, peeled and crushed
  • Jalapenos - 1, sliced
  • Pork, boneless shoulder roast (enough for 2 nights) - 3 lbs (sometimes labeled pork butt)
  • Orange juice - 3/4 cup (store-bought or fresh-squeezed)
  • Limes - 1, zest of
  • Cumin - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaves (opt) - 2
Slow Cooker Mojo Pork Bowl:
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz, roughly chopped
  • Limes - 1/2, wedges
  • Plantains - 2 (look for very ripe, dark brown fruit)
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup
Fresh Salsa:
  • Shallots - 1 clove, diced
  • Cilantro - 2 tsp, chopped
  • Tomatoes, medium - 2, chopped
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of
  • Red pepper flakes or hot sauce (opt) - to taste

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Prep

  1. Onions / Garlic / Jalapenos / Shallots - Prep as directed. Combine onions, garlic, and jalapenos. Store shallots separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Slow-cook pork - (This makes enough for 2 nights.) In the bowl of a slow cooker combine pork, onions, garlic, jalapenos, orange juice, lime zest, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Set slow cooker to low and cook until pork is falling apart and tender, 7 to 8 hours (or 4 to 5 hours on high). (Note: You can also bake the pork and other ingredients in a Dutch oven, covered at 325F / 163C, until pork is falling apart and tender, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  3. Spinach / Lime wedges (for bowls) / Cilantro / Tomatoes - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed.
  4. Make salsa - Combine shallots, cilantro, tomatoes, and lime juice. Season with some salt and pepper. Add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you’d like the salsa spicy.
  5. Plantains - Peel and slice.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
  2. Brush a sheet pan with some oil. Add plantains in a single layer and brush with some more oil. Season with some salt. Bake, turning halfway through cooking, until golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes total.
  3. When pork is finished cooking, discard bay leaves. Transfer pork to a cutting board and roughly chop. Return pork to slow cooker and combine with cooking liquid. Taste and season with some additional salt and pepper if needed. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and honey with a pinch of salt. Add oil while whisking. Add spinach and toss until combined.
  5. Divide plantains and shredded pork (reserve half for Thursday) between serving bowls. Top with spinach, salsa, and pepitas. Serve lime wedges on the side for squeezing over top. (You can also set all of the components out and let everyone assemble their bowls at the table.) Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (35)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (6)
Vegetarian (12)

Most Helpful

My whole family loves this meal! Probably their favorite CS recipe! I do it in the instant pot by cutting the boneless pork shoulder into three chunks, adding in all the ingredients and did high for 70 minutes with a quick release. It falls apart and the juice is just so good! I saved the juice for a quick egg drop soup lunch this week. We add guacamole to our bowls. My kids even love the chopped spinach in their bowl!

By: Stephanie
Posted: Sep 11, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

30 reviews

Made this as an instant pot meal. Tastes great!

By: Emmylou
Posted: Aug 02, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

The pork was really good. I made the plantains but they were not ripe enough, so they were not that great. I will definitely try this whole meal again and give the plantains a long time to ripen

By: Kimberly
Posted: Sep 12, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

My whole family loves this meal! Probably their favorite CS recipe! I do it in the instant pot by cutting the boneless pork shoulder into three chunks, adding in all the ingredients and did high for 70 minutes with a quick release. It falls apart and the juice is just so good! I saved the juice for a quick egg drop soup lunch this week. We add guacamole to our bowls. My kids even love the chopped spinach in their bowl!

By: Stephanie
Posted: Sep 11, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

Instant Pot- I used a 2.2lb pork loin instead of the pork butt and cut the pork into numerous chunks. First, I sauteed the onions and garlic in the IP. Then I browned the sides of the pork pieces which has already been rubbed with the seasoning ingredients. I pressure cooked it all for 17 minutes and then did a 7 minute natural release before manual release. For the salsa, I used red onion instead of shallots. We had guac rather than sour cream. It was very tasty and less greasy with the pork loin.

By: Cathleen
Posted: Aug 26, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Super easy! Couldn't ask for anything more. Yum yum

By: Bianca
Posted: Aug 14, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Slow cooker pulled pork is excellent and very easy to make. A really nice dish!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Aug 10, 2019
Diet: Original
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